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Jockeys Collect More Than 70 Toys For Local Drive At Horseshoe Indianapolis
More than 70 toys collected by jockeys at Horseshoe Indianapolis will be donated to the Shelby County CASA for kids displaced in current home situations.

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Jockeys Collect More Than 70 Toys For Local Drive At Horseshoe Indianapolis

SHELBYVILLE, IN–NOVEMBER 23, 2022–Each year, the jockeys at Horseshoe Indianapolis collect toys for area children in need. This year, more than 70 toys will be donated to the Shelby County CASA (Court Appointed State Advocates) for kids displaced in current home situations. This is the eighth year for the Jockey Toy Drive at Horseshoe Indianapolis.

"This toy drive is a great thing we do because we are helping a lot of kids who don’t have the opportunity to enjoy Christmas every year," said DeShawn Parker, winner of more than 6,000 career races. "It makes all of us feel good to do something as a group to help out each year."

The jockeys come together for various causes throughout the year. In addition to the annual toy drive, they also raised funds for PDJF (Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund) and for HVAF (Hoosier Veterans and Families) Inc. of Indiana. It was the second time they have donated peanut butter to the pantry in Central Indiana for homeless veterans.

"It’s nice to help and I want to help out whenever I can," added Marcelino Pedroza Jr., who is a three-time leading jockey at Horseshoe Indianapolis. "Giving back is important to me. It’s the way I was raised, and I want to help any way I can. I hope we can brighten the day of a few kids this Christmas."

Several jockeys brought in toys for the drive. Pictured with the toys during the Tuesday, Nov. 22 racing program included Jon Court, Sammy Bermudez, Rafael Mojica Jr. Joshua Morales, Fernando De La Cruz, Victor Bailon, Rodney Prescott, Joe Ramos, DeShawn Parker, Marcelino Pedroza Jr. Gage Holmes, Rolando Pina, Juan Marquez, and Santo Sanjur. Rachel McLaughlin, on-air racing broadcaster for Horseshoe Indianapolis, conducted the presentation in the paddock.

Picutred in the photo above 
(first Row – left to right):  Jon Court, Sammy Bermudez, Rafael Mojica Jr. and Joshua Morales. Standing (left to right): Victor Bailon, Fernando De La Cruz, Rodney Prescott, Joe Ramos, Rachel McLaughlin, DeShawn Parker, Marcelino Pedroza Jr., Gage Holmes, Rolando Pina, Juan Marquez, and Santo Sanjur.

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The 20th season of live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing extends through Wednesday, Nov. 23. Live racing is conducted at 2:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday with Thursday post times set for 2:10 p.m. A total of 12 Saturdays will feature live racing in 2022 highlighted by the 28th running of the Grade 3 $300,000 Indiana Derby and the 27th running of the Grade 3 $200,000 Indiana Oaks set for Saturday, July 9. For more information on live racing at Horseshoe Indianapolis, visit www.caesars.com/horseshoe-indianapolis.

About Horseshoe Indianapolis
Horseshoe Indianapolis, owned and operated by Caesars Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: CZR), holds multiple awards for customer service, entertainment, gaming, racing, dining, and diversity. Located just minutes from Indianapolis in Shelbyville, Ind., this one-of-a-kind property has wall to wall excitement on the 105,940 square foot gaming floor, featuring more than 1,600 slots and 72 table games along with a state-of-the-art World Series of Poker Room containing 20 tables. Please visit www.caesars.com/horseshoe-indianapolis for more information and find Horseshoe Indianapolis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.